N THE llEWWESTBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL A PROPOSAL PRESENTED BY THE HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING COMMITTEE I'WL MARCH 1966 Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2013 http://archive.org/details/newwestboroughhiOOhigh CHAIRMAN'S REPORT The Westborough High School Planning Committee met and organized on April 12, 1965 with Robert B. Mclnnis, Chairman; S. Parker Tyler, Treasurer; Mrs. Stephen S. Hull, Secretary; William H. Mason; Joseph P. Ruchinskas; Michael Kudravetz; and Harold F. Fish- er, members. It was charged with the responsibility of developing, with the aid of competent architects, plans and specifications for a new senior high school facility and to report with such plans and specifications on or before the next annual town meeting to enable the town to vote upon the construction of a new senior high school. Following is a summary of the work and conclus- ions of this committee. 1. Architect - Sixteen architects were interviewed and ten schools visited in connection with these inter- views. The committee chose the firm of The Architects Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This firm is one of the leading group of architects in the country and has designed many high schools as well as hospitals, college buildings, vocational schools, elementary schools, and a myriad of other structures. Several of their buildings have gained national atten- tion. Mr. John Harkness, a senior partner in the firm, is in charge of preliminary plans for Westborough. Mr. Harkness has personally designed many high schools and has shown the committee that he not only has an excellent sense of design and layout but has the exper- ience that has helped the committee plan economically. I might add that it has been a pleasure working with an architect who is not concerned with building a "memorial" to himself but is genuinely concerned with keeping costs down. Since the committee is obviously not made up of expe'rts we have been fortunate to have this firm to study minutely every detail of con- struction, materials, layout and aid us in our decisions. 3. Plans - A long and slow process of drawing, re- viewing, and drawing again finally has come to a suc- cessful conclusion. The architect has spent many even- ings with this committee going over alternate plans. Mr. Robinson, School Superintendent, has been at all of our meetings as an advisor as has Mr. Wetherell, the High School Principal. In addition, Mr. Wetherell had a set of plans for the high school teachers to review and at another meeting met with both the architects and key teachers. From these meetings came innum- erable constructive criticisms which helped immeasurab- ly in bringing drawings to a final stage. Elsewhere in the brochure you can see the results of eleven months' work. 4. Costs - $3,499 million plus $250,000 for pool. See charts which explain effect on tax rate and state aid provisions. 5. Size - The size of this new school for 1,200 pup- ils was decided upon after considerable discussion with- in this committee and with the Sites and Facilities Committee. All of the projections we studied easily supported this size. The Finance Advisory Committee has been over this aspect with us in depth and has unanimously endorsed our decision. report that a new grade school will be needed a few years after the completion of the new high school. It is felt that the high school being proposed now fits into a long range building program. It may be recalled that the town of Westborough voted unanimously at the annual town meeting in March 1965 to follow this course. No matter what course of action we take, we will probably face double sessions in some or all schools before completion of a new structure. Conclusion - This Committee has worked long and hard at a sometimes exciting, sometimes tedious task. Our path has certainly not been without obstacles. However, nothing good comes easy. Because we had a committee of seven distinct individuals, each with his own ideas, hopes, prejudices and personalities, our progress was slow but steady. When we reached a conclusion, you can be sure that this conclusion was thoroughly thought out, every aspect minutely exam- ined, every voice heard. We want the people of West- borough to know that behind every move we made was the well being of our school children and the in- terests of our taxpayers. The committee feels that we are presenting to you a school that will best serve the town at the best possible price. We ask you to support us in this conclusion. 2. Educational Specifications - These were drawn up with the aid of the school superintendent, admin- istrators, teachers, and the School Building Assistance Commission. 6. Reason for High School - It would probably be worthwhile to review quickly the reasons for building a new high school as opposed to other alternatives. First, to gain 600 new student spaces by other means (i.e. additions to existing high school and junior high school plus new grade school) is just as expensive. Second, by adding at the - fop of the system (T.e~ The™ high school) we free the present high school for use as a junior high school and the present junior high school may be used for an elementary school. We recog- nize that this is not a permanent solution for the entire system and refer to the Sites and Facilities Committee ROBERT B. MclNNIS, CHAIRMAN January 31, 1966 Plot Plan -J—4- — — ■ - • r . •— -* u — * '- *\-~'-- .- ■ 117 r 1 L 1 r i i L . ■T"""T J 1 t T"" LJ — FIRST FLOOR MAIN LOBBY, CAFETERIA AND AUDITORIUM 100 KITCHEN 101 CAFETERIA 102 FACULTY DINING 103 DISHWASHING 104 MAIN LOBBY 105 ADMINISTRATION 106 GUIDANCE 107 HEALTH 108 COAT ROOM 109 AUDITORIUM 110 PRACTICE ROOMS 111 BAND ROOM 112 ART ROOM 113 STAGE 114 BOILER ROOM 115 EXERCISE ROOM 116 BOYS' GYM 117 LOBBY 118 GIRLS' GYM 119 STORAGE * * 20 9 41 TW ARCHITECTS COLLABOftATTVT SECOND FLOOR SPECIALIZED CLASSROOMS AND LBRARY LI 200 LIBRARY CLASSROOM 201 LIBRARY 202 AUDIO-VISUAL AND LIBRARIAN 203 CLASSROOM 204 BUSINESS CLASSROOM 205 STUDENT ACTIVITIES 206 UPPER AUDITORIUM 207 TYPING ROOM 208 CLOTHING ROOM 209 LIVING AREA 210 OFFICE PRACTICE 211 FOOD LAB. 212 LECTURE HALL 213 PREPARATION ROOM 214 POWER SHOP 215 METAL SHOP 216 WOOD SHOP 217 GENERAL RECEIVING 218 DRAFTING ROOM L. 1\ J L 301 302 303 THIRD FLOOR CLASSROOM LEVEL 300-303 CLASSROOMS 304 LANGUAGE LAB. 305 CONFERENCE 306 CLASSROOM 307 CLASSROOM 308 TEACHERS' ROOM - MEN 309 TEACHERS' ROOM - WOMEN 310 STORAGE 311,312 CLASSROOMS 313,314 CONFERENCE -STORAGE 315-320 CLASSROOMS 321 STORAGE 322 STORAGE 323-326 CLASSROOMS 327,328 CONFERENCE - STORAGE 329 CLASSROOM 330 STAGE HOUSE 331-333 CLASSROOMS 334 CONFERENCE -STORAGE 335 UPPER LECTURE ROOM 336 CONFERENCE 337,338 CLASSROOMS 339 ADVANCED SCIENCE 340 SCIENCE REFERENCE 341 PHYSICS LAB. 342 PHYSICS PREP. 343 GENERAL SCIENCE 344 SCIENCE PREP. 345 SCIENCE PREP. 346 CHEMISTRY LAB. 347 CHEMISTRY PREP. 348 CHEMISTRY LAB. 349 BIOLOGY LAB. 350 BIOLOGY PREP. 351 BIOLOGY LAB. GYMNASIUM ONLY 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 LOCKER AREA BOYS' PHYSICAL EDUC. OFFICE BOYS' LOCKER ROOM COACHES' OFFICE HOME TEAM LOCKERS VISITORS' LOCKERS SHOWERS AND DRYING AREA GIRLS' PHYSICAL EDUC. OFFICE GIRLS' LOCKERS AND SHOWERS 1 ' 1 1 1" at ' r M M ! 1 M - l 1 GYM 100 EXERCISE ROOM 101 BOYS' GYM 102 LOBBY 103 GIRLS' GYM 104 STORAGE 5 8 I WITH POOL a i _ i w* t to 2* 39 « » rm i wmtflTiYi 01 02 03 04 05 LOCKER ROOMS VISITORS' LOCKERS HOME TEAM LOCKERS BOYS' PHYSICAL EDUC. OFFICES BOYS' LOCKER ROOM COACHES' OFFICES 06 07 08 09 10 11 EQUIPMENT ROOM SHOWERS AND DRYING AREA GIRLS' PHYSICAL EDUC. OFFICES GIRLS' LOCKERS AND SHOWERS POOL LOCKER ROOM SWIMMING POOL -E-* HHn GYM AND POOL too EXERCISE ROOM 101 BOYS' GYM 102 LOBBY 103 GIRLS' GYM 104 STORAGE 105 POOL BUDGET FOR PROPOSED SCHOOL Classroom Building and Gym Total Cost Westborough's Share Building (141,000 sq. ft. $2,550,000 Equipment 400,000 Site Development 250,000 Architect's Fee (6.3%) 1 74,000 Contingency 100,000 Misc. (clerk, printing, borings] 25,000 $3,499,000 $1,773,993 Swimming Pool $250,000 $126,750 Construction of Building Cost ($2,550,000 ) = $18.00 sq. ft. Per pupil cost (without pool) 141,000 sq . ft. $3,514,000 = 1200 136.66 $2,928.33 Per pupil cost (with pool) $3,764,000 = $3, rrocr The above cost figures do not include interest charges. The state does not reimburse interest. State share is 49.26%. WESTBORO HIGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACTUAL ENROLLMENTS YEAR ELEMENTARY JUNIOR HIGH HIGH TOTAL 1960-61 958 305 393 1656 1961 -62 1051 305 451 1807 1 962 - 63 1128 310 475 1913 1 963 - 64 1189 346 508 2043 1964-65 1282 352 534 2168 1 965 - 66 1337 375 563 2275 PROJECTED ENROLLMENTS 1 966 - 67 1400 410 585 2395 1967-68 1440 470 635 2545 1968-69 1450 515 675 2640 1969-70 1480 515 740 2735 1970-71 1525 550 800 2875 1971 -72 1560 550 855 2965 1972-73 1590 550 925 3065 1973-74 1640 565 925 3130 1 974 - 75 1700 575 930 3205 1 975 - 76 1750 585 950 3285 1 976 - 77 1800 600 950 3350 1977-78 1840 600 970 3410 1978-79 1900 600 1000 3500 The above figures are intermediate of several reviewed by the committee. These were prepared by the Supt. of Schools and represent a fair evaluation. The committee feels that actual future enrollments may well exceed these pro- jections. TOTAL COST (WITH POOL) $3,764,000 (includes $1 5,000 already spent) State Share ---$1,854,146.40 $3,549,000 @ 3.75% for 20 years Effect on Tax Principal Interest State Share New Cost 14.86 $177,450 $133,087.50 $87,707.32 $222,830,180 14.41 1 77,450 126,433.125 87,707.32 216,175.805 13.97 177,450 119,778.750 87,707.32 209,521.430 13.52 1 77,450 113,124.375 87,707.32 202,867.055 13.08 177,450 106,470.00 87,707.32 196,212.680 12.64 177,450 99,815.625 87,707.32 189,558.305 12.19 177,450 93,161.250 87,707.32 182,903.930 11.75 177,450 86,506.875 87,707.32 176,249.555 11.31 177,450 79,852.50 87,707.32 169,595.180 10.86 177,450 73,198.125 87,707.32 162,940.805 10.42 177,450 66,543.75 87,707.32 156,286.430 9.98 177,450 59,889.375 87,707.32 149,632.055 9.53 177,450 53,235.00 87,707.32 142,977.680 9.09 177,450 46,580.625 87,707.32 136,323.305 8.64 177,450 39,926.25 87,707.32 129,668.930 8.20 177,450 33,271.875 87,707.32 123,014.555 7.76 177,450 26,617.50 87,707.32 1 16,360.180 7.31 177,450 19,963.125 87,707.32 109,705.805 6.87 177,450 13,308.75 87,707.32 103,051.430 6.43 177,450 6,654.375 87,707.32 96,397.055 TOTAL COST (WITHOUT POOL) $3,514,000 (includes $15,000 already spent) State Share ---49.26% --- $1,730,996.40 $100,000 matched immediately $3,299,000 @ 3.75% for 20 years Effect on Tax Principal 13.81 $164,950 13.40 164,950 12.98 164,950 12.57 164,950 12.16 164,950 11.75 164,950 11.33 164,950 10.92 164,950 10.51 164,950 10.10 164,950 9.68 164,950 9.27 164,950 8.86 164,950 8.45 164,950 8.03 164,950 7.62 164,950 7.21 164,950 6.80 164,950 6.38 164,950 5.97 164,950 Interest il 23, 712.50 117,526.875 111,341.25 105,155.625 98,970.000 92,784.375 86,598.750 80,413.125 74,227.50 68,041.875 61,856.25 55,670.625 49,485.00 43,299.375 37,113.75 30,928.125 24,742.50 18,556.875 12,371.250 6,185.625 State Share $81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 81,549.82 Net Cost $207,112.68 200,927.055 194,741.43 188,555.805 182,370.180 176,184.555 169,998.930 163,813.305 157,627.680 151,442.055 145,256.430 139,070.805 132,885.180 126,699.555 120,513.930 114,328.305 108,142.680 101.957.055 95,771.430 89,585.805 DESCRIPTION OF SCHOOL Your High School Planning Committee recommends that our new forty classroom senior high school on the Aronson property, West Main Street be constructed as a three story building. A careful review of the site topography, education- al requirements, construction costs, traffic and student outdoor activities has revealed to this Committee that from an overall standpoint the best construction plan for this site is a three story building. This Committee unanimously accepted the concept of a multi-story high school building; the final form is the three-story structure which we are recommending to the citizens. The multi-story approach allows the best utilization of land, construction economy, lower foundation and roof costs, future expansion possibili- ties, and an overall economy of school maintenance operation. SITE LOCATION The three story complex designed for 1200 students will be located on the 30 acre portion of the Aronson property purchased by the townspeople last year. The main building will face West Main Street with a separate structure located behind the school to house the gymnasium and locker rooms. This arrangement separates the high volume noise area from the main school structure and also allows the building to be used separately for after school and community purposes. The practice fields, track, football and baseball area will extend along the Charles Street side of the prop- erty from West Main Street to Ruggles Street. Access roads will be provided from both West Main and Rug- gles Streets with sufficient parking areas developed to satisfy the needs of the school and the public. Public utilities of water, gas, electricity and sewerage are available at this site. Provisions have been made to include site development work alleviating the area drainage problem. MANY PLANS STUDIED — hr-determini ng th e p rop os ed plan , t he H i gh S c hoo l Planning Committee and the architects developed many types of plans and arrangements plus considering vari- ous locations on the site. The plan selected best ac- commodates the requirements of convenience of pupils and staff, the public use of the building, the site and its contours, and the problems of the safest traffic ap- proaches to and from the building. SCHOOL PLANS The proposed new senior high school will be an efficient economical building of which Westborough townspeople can be justly proud. Every consideration has been given to make it a modern educational plant. No embellishments are included in the design and at the same time no sacrifices have been made in satis- fying the educational specifications. The building has been planned to take utmost advantage of the existing site and topography. Entrances and exits to ground level will be available from both the first and the second floors of the school. The plan embodies core facilities, i.e., auditorium, library, gymnasium, administrative facilities, kitchen and heating facilities, which will satisfy the current size of the school and can be expanded for the ulti- mate size of the school with the exception of the audi- torium and the gymnasium. These two are at their required size. The building layout has been carefully planned so that the areas including the library, cafeteria, and auditorium, if used evenings, can be completely closed off from the rest of the building. EXTERIOR DESIGN The construction of the building will be fire-resistant throughout. Masonary construction, featuring poured reinforced concrete and brick with ample areas of glass, are featured on the outside of the building. Roofs are to be concrete slab covered with a composition surface that will carry a 20 year bond. The building will be long and horizontal and the entire structure blended into a pleasing arrangement. Skylighting of corridors will be utilized on the third floor and various secondary means will be utilized to bring outside light into other areas of the building. Careful attention has been given to the selection of all exterior materials to minimize cost over the years ahead. INTERIOR DESIGN Throughout the design and in the selection of ma- terial for the mterior of The building! careful attention has been paid to provide optimum conditions for easy housekeeping and maintenance. The interior of the building will be finished in full accordance with present day standards. Wall surfaces will be glazed tile wherever essential for maintenance. Partitions will have exposed masonry blocks that will be painted in designated areas. Floors will be finished in terrazzo. ceramic tile or vinyl asbestos depending on the use conditions. Ceilings will be covered with prop- er amounts of acoustical tile in the required areas. Sufficient corridor lockers will be provided for the students along one side of the various corridors. Utilities, electric system, plumbing, heating and vent- ilating will be complete in every respect in accordance with present day standards and to meet the require- ments of all authorities having jurisdiction. FIRST FLOOR An inlaid brick outside entrance will lead to the main lobby. Immediately off the main lobby will be the administrative offices, guidance area, health suite and the arts and crafts area. Centrally located will be the 750 seat two story auditorium with the band rooms and the heating areas on the other side of the building. Descending a half flight from the main lobby will be the cafeteria seating 400 students. Feeding will be done through three serving lines. The kitchen will be adequately equipped with modern food preparation, cooking and dishwashing services. SECOND FLOOR Ascending a half flight of stairs from the main lobby will lead to a spacious library that will seat 120 students, have small conference rooms and individual study areas plus providing an area for 12,500 reference books. Across the library will be the second floor ent- rance to the auditorium. On either side of the aud- itorium will be the commercial education and home making areas. The southern end of this floor will con- tain the industrial arts-woodworking, mechanical draw- ing, metal and power shop. Adjacent to the industrial arts area will be a 1 00 seat lecture room. THIRD FLOOR The major portion of the 40 classrooms will be found on this floor. The language laboratory will be found in the northern end, while the science area is grouped together in the southern end of this floor. Adjoining preparation roomsliave Been provided in the science area coupled with a small science library off from the main lecture room. Adequate storage, con- ference and department head spaces have been pro- vided amid the classroom area. Moveable partitions will be present in certain rooms to allow team teaching. The classrooms will vary in size from 750 sq. ft. to 1000 sq.ft. COMMITTEE REPORTS PERMANENT SITES AND FACILITIES COMMITTEE The Permanent School Facilities and Sites Committee is making the fol- lowing report from the standpoint of space and facilities for the students of Westborough. The cost and design of buildings are not the responsibility of this committee. Based upon our own projections plus meetings with the High School Plan- ning Committee, Westborough School Committee and Mr. Downs, the town planner, we unanimously favor the recommended 1200 pupil high school. This will then make available space in the new high school and the junior high school (present high school ), for the redistribution of students when the capacity is reached in elementary or any other level. Even with the new school we feel that additional elementary space will have to be provided by 1970. However, definite recommendations on the problem can not be made until the decision of the town voters is known. If a smaller high school is approved space will be at capacity or near capacity at all three levels (elementary, junior high and high school) as soon as 1970 or by 1971 at the latest. We would then have to recommend ad- ditional space and facilities in 1 968 for use in 1971. If a high school is not approved at this time we will have to recommend immediate plans and action for an elementary school in 1968 with possible additional space in the junior high school and the senior high school. Our projections are based on the continued use of the Eli Whitney and Harvey School. Sites and definite recommendations by this committee other than our first stated recommendation are not possible until the decision of the voters is known. James A. Harvey, Chairman WESTBOROUGH P.T.A. On January 27th, the Executive Board of the Westboro PTA held a joint meeting with the Planning Committee for the Westboro High School. During that meeting, the Executive Committee reviewed the plans for the new high school and its projected costs. The Executive Board believes that the plans developed by the Planning Committee provide adequate, yet not excessive, or elaborate facilities for the town's future needs. It should be noted that the plans are flexible enough to inexpensively provide future expansion. This type of planning shows the time, effort and foresight which the Planning Committee devoted to this project. As parents and teachers, as voters and taxpayers, and as an organization whose prime consideration is education, we recognize our responsibility in endorsing the Planning Committee's recommendations. After due consider- ation, the Executive Board of the Westboro PTA unanimously endorsed the recommendations of the Planning Committee for the Westboro High School which will be presented as three articles on the agenda of the annual town meeting. Robert K. O'Brien, President $$t$wad Street, Nation /C February 2, 1966 Mr. Robert C. Mclnnis Chairman High School Planning Committee 13 Oldham Road Westborough, Mass. OI581 Dear Mr. Mclnnis: I am writing to indicate approval of preliminary plans for the proposed High School (with swimming pool) in Westborough, as filed in this office on January 21, 1966, and February 2, 1966, by The Architects Collaborative. When a complete set of final plans and specifications has been filed with us, your next step is to schedule a conference with us to discuss them. SJD/WBB/cp Very truly yours, Simeon J. Domas Administrator cc: Supt. Robinson Architect GYMNASIUM Separated from the main building will be the gym- nasium with seating capacity of about 1000 plus a lock- er and storage area beneath the gymnasium. An area will be set up off the main gymnasium floor for the purpose of special physical education activities and exercise. The locker area will have adequate provis- ions and facilities for the students plus separate areas for visiting teams and contact sports. EQUIPMENT The estimate includes the cost of all equipment re- quired to furnish the entire building ready for use. All the necessary equipment for classrooms, offices, kitchen, library, cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium, custodial e- quipment for both interior and exterior use has been figured in the estimated cost. Inclusion of such items in the original equipment of the school is extremely beneficial to the Town of West- borough because of the 49% reimbursement by the State. This 49% applies to all the equipment to go with the school as well as to the building and site develop- ment. The portion of equipment purchased by the Town at this time as a separate item will not be included as part of the construction cost on which the architect's fees will be determined. If the Town were not to include such equipment at this time and were to purchase it later, it would have to pay the full 100% of the cost. SAFETY Ample stairways have been incorporated into this building to provide good pupil circulation patterns and also allow rapid egress if necessary. Ground level exits will be present on both the first and second floor of both sides of the building. Secondary exits are pres- ent throughout the various areas in the school. Access roads lead from both West Main and Ruggles Streets to the school as a means to reduce traffic prob- lems. An elevator has been provided within the northern end of the building to allow physically handicapped stu- dents to attend classes and also allow the movement of heavy equipment and supplies from floor to floor. EXPANSION As a means of long-range planning the proposed new senior. high school is being designed for future ex- pansion to a 1800-2000 student capacity. The site area adjacent to the southeast corner of the building has been set aside for future classrooms and also tie in with the present building. The cafeteria, library, and administration area have provisions for expansion along two or three approaches. TOWN ACTION This Committee has planned that this school should continue to provide a broad offering of the cultural courses and also expand those of a practical nature, especially for non-college students. Skill may thus be developed in the common tools and an opportunity given to explore attitudes. The demands of tomorrow cannot be met with yesterday's tools. These plans are our recommendations to you the townspeople into whose hands the decision now rests regarding the future hopes and realizations of your child and mine, not only to themselves, but to the benefit of the town, state and the nation. SWIMMING POOL We earnestly solicit your support on the article in the warrant to be presented at the Annual Town Meet- ing for the inclusion of a swimming pool in the pro- posed new High School. The Committee is of the opin- ion that a pool would be a valuable asset to the ed- ucational and athletic programs, as well as to the rec- reational program of the community. The Committee finds that many progressive com- munities are including swimming in their educational and athletic programs, both at the junior high and sen- ior high school levels. It is felt that Westborough has the resources, the foresight, and the civic pride to be among these communities who offer the most advanced educational and athletic programs possible. The recreational values of a swimming pool for a town with no seashore and only limited outdoor swim- ming facilities are obvious. It is felt that the time to act is now; not several years later when the cost of an addition will be much more costly. Such an addition would require a change in the entire locker room set- up as well as other major structural changes to the building. We envision a broad swimming program which might include children and adults of all ages. The pool will be available during the evenings and week-ends, and during the summer months when school is not in session; provided the pool is not being used for school activities. Classes would be conducted for non- swimmers, beginners, swimmers, and advanced swim- mers, and would also be available for clubs, organ- izations, and "splash parties." The Westborough School Committee would have jurisdiction over the pool, and the Physical Education Department would supervise the various programs. There would be a small fee charged to all who use the pool, outside of regularly scheduled school activ- ities. SCHOOL COMMITTEE The Westborough School Committee unanimously endorses and supports the present plans of the High School Planning Committee. Also, with reference to the proposed swimming pool, the Committee unanimously reaffirms their policy re- garding the use of all school property by community groups. "The worthwhile use of all school property shall be encouraged, when such use will not interfere with the school program or the activities of school - sponsored organizations." This would, of course, in- clude the use of the swimming pool, if such were to be provided with the new High School facilities. BULK RATE U. S. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 2226 Worcester, Mess.